Cameras, camcorders, and photography advice.
Photography and Video
Chris joins Leo to talk about using a long exposure to make an image look more ethereal. Water surfaces are a perfect example as they get evened out and reflective with a long exposure. Waterfalls turn into a nonstop fall over the edge that's soft and pillowy.
Sparks is another one, where a long exposure can capture the path a spark takes as it flies away.
Chris joins Leo to talk about another factor in photography: placement. Similar to composition, the question is always "where do I place the subject in the photo?" This determines what the photo is about and is always related to something else. This could be something in or outside the frame. The background is always in relation to the subject in the foreground, no matter what the photographer is focused on.
Here are images to illustrate: https://tfttf.com/placement
Glenda sells art online for a gallery and uses CamScan to shoot the images. But sometimes the colors are off. Leo says that color accuracy can be difficult, especially when shooting art. Lighting is important, and a tripod helps in order to get the proper perspective. But when you process an image in software, it's always possible that the image can be modified in a way you don't want.
Chris Marquardt joins Leo to talk about Macro Photography. Macro is essentially taking an image extremely close up, where the small image is essentially full size in the frame. Macro usually is accompanied by a very shallow depth of field. Do you need a special lens for close up photography? Well, not really. You can take it with your smartphone. But there are some issues. The first is light. You have to get so close that you become your own shadow source. Many close up photographers get a dedicated ring light to illuminate the subject.
Chris joins Leo to review our current assignment ... VINTAGE!
Here are the VINTAGE photos!
Chris joins Leo to talk about volumetric light. Light can have a shape and you have to be at the right place at the right time to capture it. So it helps to always have a camera with you. It also takes down contrast, making blacks less black. A point light source and some fog or mist contribute to it. It's also known as "God rays." It's why concerts tend to use fog machines to create volumetric light on stage. Dust is another contributor to volumetric light. It can be seen in caves and canyons when light emanates from a hole.
Adam has an old 2007 iMac that still runs well, but it's not very good for the Internet. He wants to use it as a secondary computer next to his newer iMac. Leo says to make sure both computers are attached to the same iCloud account. That will make sure that the older Mac is synced properly. Leo also said that it's likely running iPhotos, the older version of Apple Photos. So it may have iCloud turned off. So turn that on.
Today, Chris joins Leo to talk about using layers in photography. Layers make depth. So if you consider foreground, middle, and background as layers, you can create depth in your photo composition, making your photographs more interesting. Lenses can also make a difference. Layers in telephoto will look differently than layers with a wide-angle. Wider apertures flatten out the layers, while smaller apertures can create bokeh (out of focus background): depth of field. The photographer can also lead the eye with focus to be sharper and in focus, while the background and foreground are not.
Chris joins Leo to talk about using shooting images where you're shooting through objects as a means to convey a story. Here's an example:
You can also use focus in the near and far to convey distance as you shoot through it.
Peter gets a Gig up and down with Fiber. Leo says he probably doesn't get that all the time. Would he get that with WiFi and a mesh router? Leo says if all devices are WiFi 6, maybe. But everything has to be wifi compatible. The thing is, WiFi 6e is right around the corner, so it's probably a good idea to wait. Leo had the Orbi with WiFi 6 and it was only 10% faster. Not really worth the extra expense.